Benzoic Acid Market Research Report - Forecast to 2030

Benzoic Acid Market Research Report: by Application (Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Benzoate, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzoate Plasticizer, Alkyd Resin, Benzoyl Chloride, Feed Additive, Others), by End-use (Food & Beverages, Chemical Industry, Pharmaceutical Industry, Others), and Region - Forecast to 2030

ID: MRFR/CnM/0613-CR | February 2021 | Region: Global | 143 pages

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Benzoic Acid Market- Overview:


The Benzoic Acid Market is expected to grow USD 902.3 million CAGR 5% during the forecast 2021-2030.

In the benzoic acid market overview, it is mentioned that its market growth is expected to reach an estimated USD 1,219 million by the year 2030. As for the beginning of the forecast period in 2017, the market value was around USD 868 million. 


The main reason for this high growth rate expectation is the use of benzoic acid in a variety of industries. The most common ones include pharmaceutical end-use, food and beverages, and even chemical industries. It is a type of carboxylic acid that includes a lot of functional features, like antibacterial and antifungal effects. This naturally-formed compound is visible in a lot of fruits, like prunes, raspberries, plums, prunes, and cranberries.


Among the different industries, the food and beverages industries would likely affect the high growth rate mostly. Benzoic acid is effective against yeasts and molds. Also, it is a necessary ingredient in benzyl benzoate, phenols, and benzoyl chloride. Owing to this, the global benzoic acid market is anticipated to grow at a fast rate.


COVID-19 Analysis:

The recent Covid-19 pandemic did affect the benzoic acid market in separate manners. During the earlier months of 2020, production levels in this market dropped due to regional lockdowns and government restrictions. However, it later picked up in distribution due to the demand for pre-packaged food in the later months of 2020 and early 2021.


Insights from the Covid-19 period show changes in factors related to this market, like the purchasing pattern, customer behaviour, re-routing of supply chains, demands, etc. During the overall Covid-19 period, the financial profit range of this market was not high. That caused a fall of CDGR and market value estimation in the benzoic acid market forecast.


Competitive Landscape

In this analysis, many leading players in the benzoic acid market are mentioned and researched. Ganesh Benzoplast Limited is one of the key producers of benzoic acid in India. It supplies benzoic acid to various pharmaceutical and food & beverage industries.


The following list shows the names of the key companies who are covered in this report:



Market Dynamics:



  • Drivers 


One of the main drivers of the benzoic acid market growth is the growing requirement of benzoic acid in the food and beverage industry. With the increasing focus on healthy living and eating, this demand growth was imminent. Current urbanization and economic development also affect the growth rate in this market, mainly in the Asia Pacific region. More people around the globe are opting for food products with preservatives. Plus, a lot of people depend on processed beverages and food types due to their fast-paced lifestyles. Benzoic acid is one of the key ingredients in such products and that is expected to affect the growth rate of the overall global benzoic acid market.


Manufacturers of packaged and processed food items are concentrating on food safety highly. Using food preservatives that contain benzoic acid would keep them fresh for longer. The sodium, calcium salts, and potassium content have antifungal properties that preserve food. It safeguards against yeasts and molds to a higher extent and bacteria to a lower extent. Also, this natural food preservative maintains the acidic pH value in beverages like sparkling drinks, fruit juices, and soft drinks as well. Moreover, benzoic acid works to preserve acidic food items like pickles.


All in all, these factors make the food and beverage industry a key driver for the growth of the benzoic acid market in the forecast period. Besides that, the use of benzoic acid derivatives also influences its overall market growth forecast. A benzoic acid market manufacturer can use this acid to prepare benzoyl chloride, benzyl benzoate, and phenols. The first one helps manufacture the second one, which is further used in insect repellents. Thus, these are key growth drivers in the benzoic acid market as well.



  • Opportunities


With the increasing changes in the lifestyle of communities due to regional advancement, urbanization, and capacity expansions, the high benzoic acid market growth is imminent in the future. A lot of factors can act as opportunities for the market, specifically the continuing rise in the demand for healthy packed and processed food. Furthermore, new advances and product developments would also boost the growth of this market in the forecast period.
Many countries worldwide are using benzoic acid in their industries and would continue to utilize it as a more robust alternative. In the North American and European regions, the non-phthalate plasticizers are set to replace phthalate plasticizers completely. Benzoic acid is an active component in the former, and thus, its demand is expected to grow at a high rate in these regions.



  • Restraints


There are some restraints to the benzoic acid market uses as well, seen in various regions and industries. While benzoic acid does have antifungal and antibacterial results, too much of it can harm health in particular ways. Some studies show that consuming foods with this acid for a prolonged period can hurt the digestive tract and lungs. Moreover, in particular regions, governmental regulations are in place against benzoic acid use. These regulations stipulate a limited addition of benzoic acid in packaged beverages and food items.



  • Challenges


One of the main challenges visible in the benzoic acid market overview of the forecast period is the price of toluene. Toluene is a colourless, water-insoluble, and aromatic hydrocarbon liquid. It falls under the category of crude oils. It has links with a particular phenyl group, and benzoic acid is a useful component of this preparation. Generally, the price of raw materials, especially crude oils, is volatile in nature. So, the fluctuating price of toluene can badly affect the overall market growth of the benzoic acid market.


Moreover, in the developed economies, many companies are not using or limitedly using benzoic acid in their food preservative production. This, as well, is an anticipated challenge in market growth.



  • Cumulative Growth Analysis


During the forecast period up to 2030, the benzoic acid market share is set to grow at a 5.9% CAGR. The net value of the market is anticipated to become USD 1,219 million approximately at the end of the forecast period. Changes in the global market trends, opportunities, governmental regulations, and more would affect the growing value of benzoic acid in several industries.


Also, further prediction on the market volume shows that the CAGR can go up to 5.21% and become 689.1 kilotons before 2030. It is important to mention that all of these are estimations, and the rates can rise and fall before the forecast period ends.



  • Value Chain Analysis of Benzoic Acid Market


The demand for natural ingredients in the food market and overuse of packaged items would affect the value of the benzoic acid market. In the forecast period, the use of this acid in different industries is expected to increase in regions, like the APAC, the EMAC, and the Americas.



  •  Segment Overview:


The segmented overview of the worldwide benzoic acid market focuses on four main bases- the application process, types of products, the end-user industry, and geography.   



  • By Application


 The market of benzoic acid is segmented based on its application in different products. Some of the common ones include benzoate plasticizers, benzoates, alkyd resins, animal feed additives, and benzoyl chloride. Also, benzoic acid is beneficial in various other applications as well, differing from industry to industry.



  •  By Product Type


 Different production methods are classified under the benzoic acid market for segmented analysis. Two of them are mentioned below.


Friedel-crafts reaction- Under this set of reactions, there are two subtypes, specifically acylation reactions and alkylation reactions. The substitution method for both reactions is electrophilic aromatic in nature.


Grignard reagents- This type of organomagnesium halide has a formula of RMgX. In the formula, ‘R’ represents aryl or alkyl group, depending on the benzene ring, and ‘X’ is a type of halogen. When a Grignard reaction occurs, a Grignard reagent is mixed with either aldehyde for a secondary alcohol formation or ketone for tertiary alcohol formation.



  • .By end-user industry


 The three main types of end-user industries that utilize benzoic acid include the chemical industry, Pharmaceutical industry, and the Food & Beverage industry. Some other industries use benzoic acid as well but in minimum quantities.



  • Regional Analysis


The benzoic acid market forecast is estimated based on the analysis of different regions as well. These sections include North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. The forecast is further sub-segmented into 18 countries of these continents.


Recent Developments


  • August 2021- Conagen, a US-based biotech company, has disclosed a natural preservative made by fermentation, p-Coumaric Acid (PCA). The introduction extends the scope of natural preservatives provided by the company’s commercialization partner Blue California. According to the company statement, the clean label trend is flourishing across all the customer product categories.
    The vice president of innovation at Conagen, Casey Lippmeier, stated in a press release that Conagen is interacting with numerous partners to produce innovative preservation solutions and other applications for PCA. She further explained that applications would rise from the development efforts. The emerging body of literature supports PCA and other associated natural molecules as potential substitutes to artificial ingredients like sorbic acid and benzoic acid.

  • August 2021- LANXESS, a leading specialty chemicals company in Cologne, announced that it has finished acquiring Emerald Kalama Chemical. LAXNESS has inked the agreement on February 14, 2021. The deal closed for around USD 1.04 billion.
    As per the deal, LAXNESS expands its product portfolio with Kalama Vitroflex plasticizers to produce polysulfide sealants and Modular modifiers. Also, it includes benzoate salts, benzaldehyde, and benzoic acid supplements the LANXESS offer in the future.

  • Emerald Kalamala Limited, Specialty chemical maker from Ohio conceived a plan for using benzaldehyde and benzoic acid to help with excess demand in industries.

  • A 2-member team from IIT-Madras, India, managed to convert the petroleum residue, toluene, into benzoic acid. The head of the team was a member of the Chemistry department of the institute, G. Sekar.


 Report Overview:

This report overview of the benzoic acid market gives the readers a detailed and comprehensive picture of the operations in the market, benzoic acid market trends, and daily industry functions. It segments the overall data into sub-part to make it more easy-to-understand for the readers. The segments are further analysed, focusing on the past condition of the benzoic acid market and possible growth prospects in the forecast period.


Segmentation Table-


By End-User



  • Pharmaceuticals Industry

  • Food and Beverage

  • Chemicals Industry

  • Others 


By Region



  • North America (Canada & US)

  • Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, etc.)

  • Asia Pacific (India, China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, etc.)

  • Europe (Germany, France, Russia, U.K., Spain, Italy, etc.)

  • Middle East & Africa (U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Turkey, etc.)



Report Scope:
Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   USD 902.3 million 2030
  CAGR   5% (2021-2030)
  Base Year   2021
  Forecast Period   2022-2030
  Historical Data   2019 & 2020
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   Product Type, Application and End-Use
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors   Ganesh Benzoplast Limited (India), Tianjin Dongda Chemical Group Co. Ltd. (China), Choice Organochem LLP (India), Spectrum Chemical Manufacturing Corp. (U.S.), Hemadri Chemicals (India), Emerald Performance Materials (U.S.), Wuhan YouJi Industries Company Limited (China), Alfa Aesar, Thermo Fisher Scientific (U.S.), Avantor (U.S.), MP Biomedicals LLC (U.S.)
  Key Market Opportunities   increasing changes in the lifestyle of communities due to regional advancement, urbanization, and capacity expansions
  Key Market Drivers

  • growing requirement of benzoic acid in the food and beverage industry
  • increasing focus on healthy living and eating
  • Current urbanization and economic development


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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

    The benzoic acid market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5% by 2030.

    Out of the three main industries it is used in, the food & beverage industry uses benzoic acid in higher quantity. Thus, it would likely have the highest impact on the benzoic acid market growth during the forecast period.

    According to research, the Asia Pacific region would likely have the highest impact on the overall benzoic acid market.

    Some of the key leaders in the benzoic acid market are Hemadri Chemicals, Avantor, Ganesh Benzoplast Limited, and Tianjin Dongda Chemical Group Co. Ltd.

    Global Benzoic Acid Market: Competitive Landscape


    The prominent players in the global benzoic acid market are Ganesh Benzoplast Limited (India), Hemadri Chemicals (India), Emerald Performance Materials (US), Navyug Pharmachem (P) Ltd  (India), Eastman Chemical Company  (US), Tianjin Dongda Chemical Group Co., Ltd (China), Alfa Aesar, Thermo Fisher Scientific (US), GFS Chemicals, Inc. (US), Wuhan YouJi Industries Company Limited (China), Spectrum Chemical Manufacturing Corp. (US), MP Biomedicals, LLC (US), Avantor (US), and Choice Organochem LLP (India). 


    The top players dominating this market include Eastman Chemical Company, Emerald Performance Materials, Avantor, Spectrum Chemical Manufacturing Corp., and Alfa Aesar. The global benzoic acid market is fragmented and consists of tier-1, tier-2, and small players; catering different end-use industries such as food & beverage, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. No substantial development has been noted in the past five years by the major players operating the in the global benzoic acid market apart from Emerald Performance Materials. This can be attributed to the narrow scope of application of benzoic acid.


    Ganesh Benzoplast Limited (Ganesh Benzoplast) manufactures chemicals and storage tanks. The company operates through two major business segments- storage facilities & cargo handling and chemicals. It an exporter of food preservatives, lubricant additives, petroleum sulphonates, and plasticizers. The products manufactured by the company serve various end-use industries, such as food and beverage, automobile, paints, and pharmaceuticals. The company markets its chemical products through distributors in Africa, North America, North Europe, India, Australia, and the Middle East. It has two sister concerns, namely Agarwal Chemicals and Ganesh Medicament Pvt. Ltd., engaged in processing ferrous fumarate and phenobarbitone, respectively. The company is ISO 9001 certified and is spread across 25000 sq. ft.  The company produces 7200 MT of benzoic acid per year.


    In September 2017, Emerald Kalama completed the expansion of its facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The company invested USD 40 million in the expansion which resulted in increased production capacity of 1,00,000 tons per year for its brands of Purox B Benzoic Acid, Kalama Benzaldehyde and many downstream products, such as Kalama Hexyl Cinnamic Aldehyde, and Kalama Amyl Cinnamic Aldehyde.


    Eastman Chemical Company (Eastman Chemical) is a leading manufacturer of advanced materials and specialty additives. It operates through four business segments, namely additives & functional products, chemical intermediates, advanced materials, and fibers. It has operations in over 100 countries with around 50 manufacturing centers across the globe. It had assets worth USD 15,999 million, as of 2017, and invested USD 215 million in its research & development activities.


    Alfa Aesar is a leading manufacturer and supplier of chemicals, metals, and life science products used for research and development. The company’s product portfolio includes chemicals, life science, materials & metals, catalysts, and analytical & labware. It offers 38,000 products in stock, in gram-scale, semi-bulk, and bulk production quantities. Alfa Aesar was acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2015 and is now a part of its laboratory products and services business. It is ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified and operates in North America, Europe, and Asia.


    Wuhan YouJi Industries Company Limited (Wuhan Youji) is an ingredients company that manufactures and supplies food additives. It offers products such as toluene oxidization products and derivatives, toluene ethylbenzene chlorination products and derivatives, xylene oxidization and chlorination products and derivatives, p(o)-chlorotoluene products and derivatives, flavor and fragrance, glutaraldehyde, epichlorohydrin rubber, and fine chemicals. The company also distributes benzonitrile, benzoguanamine, benzyl alcohol, and benzylamine. The products manufactured by the company are used in dyeing, tanning, rubber, and oil exploitation. The company has operations in Germany, the US, Indonesia, and Brazil and offers products and services for global customers in more than 100 countries.  The company produces 2,00,000T of benzoic acid per year which accounted for 32% domestic market share and 11% international market share in 2017.


    Avantor was known as J.T. Baker Chemical Company before it was acquired by New Mountain Capital in 2010.  It is a global manufacturer and distributor of high-quality products, services, and solutions in the life sciences and advanced technology industries. The products manufactured by the company serve biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, medical device, healthcare, aerospace & defense, and semiconductor industries. It has 22 manufacturing units, out of which 8 are cGMP, and 14 are cGDP in 9 countries across the globe. It has seven research and application facilities in the US, India, and Taiwan. It is ISO 9000, 9001, 13485, and 14001 certified.